Mick Jagger’s brother hopes the Rolling Stone frontman “will slow down” after his recent health scare.
Jagger has successfully undergone heart surgery and is now recovering in a hospital in New York City. The 75-year-old required a heart valve replacement surgery and will remain in the hospital under observation for four to five days.
Following the scare, Jagger thanked his fans for support: “Thank you everyone for all your messages of support,” he said in a statement. “I’m feeling much better now and on the mend – and also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job.”
Jagger’s younger brother, Chris, has revealed that doctors spotted the issue after a routine check up. “Mick is doing OK,” Chris said in an interview with the Sunday People. “I spoke to him – he’s good. It just showed up on a scan so it could happen to anybody, you know.”
Chris was quick to point out that the same issue killed The Clash singer Joe Strummer back in 2002 and, as his brother gets older, has hopes of persuading Mick to take it a little easier: “It happened to Joe. He came back from walking the dogs and his wife found him collapsed on the sofa. He had this valve problem. His father died from it. It was hereditary. With Mick it came on a check-up.”
Chris added: “That is why when you get to a certain age they want to check for this, check for that. You get to 70, you got to be careful, you know. I’ve had a few health issues. At least he has not got to wait in line for the NHS.”
The Rolling Stones have been forced to postpone their recent tour plans and, when asked if the heart surgery may impact the band, Chris said: “Maybe he will slow down. Touring is a pressure.”
The Rolling Stones 2019 Tour Dates:
04/20 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium 04/24 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field 04/28 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium 05/02 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest 05/07 – Glendale, AZ @ State Farm Stadium 05/11 – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose Bowl 05/18 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium 05/22 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field 05/26 – Denver, CO @ Broncos Stadium at Mile High 05/31 – Washington, DC @ FedEx Field 06/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field 06/08 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium 06/13 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium 06/17 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium 06/21 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field 06/25 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field 06/29 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ Burl’s Creek Event Grounds